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Fire Fighting in New Zealand

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posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 03:17 AM
Boat catches fire far away from help. It's on the shoreline , but boat would be gone by the time firefighters arrive.
What do you do, watch it burn or

posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 03:25 AM
Thats Gold, a bit of Kiwi ingenuity Bro

posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 04:17 AM
See, this is survival skills in action. Define the problem, look at what you have available, take action!

Go Kiwis.

Of course they also may have thought there might be some babes on board that needed a rescue, or some sheep.

Great work guys!


posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 05:07 AM
A comment from YouTube:

The skipper of the boat tried to start it after it died in the middle of the lake. It caught fire, so he jumped ship and watched it burn slowly. The wind drifted the burning boat to shore. No one could really do anything about it as it had two big tanks of gas on board until a jet boat SAVED THE DAY! Filmed at Lake Lyndon in New Zealand.

Another video of a similar incident ALSO on New Zealand's south island:

A family of five boating on Lake Dunstan on Saturday afternoon were rescued after their jet boat caught fire and was destroyed.

Cromwell Fire Service senior officer John Searle said the family had been boating in the Cromwell Gorge near Old Cromwell Town when the boat caught fire about 4.30pm. It was believed a petrol leak caused the fire.

Mr Searle said the family was rescued before their boat capsized by the occupants of another boat. The boat had been seen smoking after the motor started and caught fire soon after, he said.

Firefighters used two boats, one belonging to the brigade and Mr Searle's personal boat, to help push the boat near the shore before it sank. The boat's owners were waiting on their insurance company to assess the wreckage before it was removed from the water.

edit on 31-12-2012 by Murgatroid because: I felt like it..

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